Drakesbad

The lodge at Drakesbad Guest Ranch
 

Nestled at the base of a rugged glacier carved valley, Warner Valley provides superb outdoor recreation opportunities in a seemingly timeless setting. Initially homesteaded by Edward Drake in the 1880s, Drakesbad Guest Ranch continues to offer a rustic retreat experience. Visitors return year after year to celebrate their own long-standing traditions and enjoy the wonders of the valley.

 
Drakesbad Lodge

Overnight Accomodations

Overnight accommodations are available in the historic lodge, cabins, and bungalows. Reservations are required.

 
Horseback riders at Drakesbad
Horseback riders head out from Drakesbad

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Day Visitors

An overnight stay is not required to visit Drakesbad Guest Ranch. Day visitors are invited to enjoy horseback riding, massage, and dining. Reservations are required for all activities through the Drakesbad Guest Ranch. Hiking trails in the Warner Valley area are open to all visitors. Please park at the trailhead located 1/4 mile before Drakesbad Guest Ranch on the Warner Valley road.

 
Edward Drake at his cabin in 1887
Edward Drake at his cabin in 1887

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Drakesbad History

Captivated by the natural charm of Warner Valley, Edward R. Drake settled into the area and established what is now known as Drakesbad, or Drake's baths. In 1900, Alexander Sifford, an ailing school teacher seeking relief from a troublesome stomach, made the difficult three-day wagon journey with his wife Ida and son Roy from their home in Susanville to Hot Spring Valley to camp and allow Alex to drink the soda waters of "Drake's Spring." During this visit, the elderly Drake agreed to sell his 400 acres to Sifford for $6,000. Over the next 60 years, the Sifford family dedicated their efforts to creating Drakesbad Guest Ranch as a place for people to visit and enjoy. The Siffords, Alexander, Ida, and children Roy and Pearl, entrusted their legacy to the National Park Service in 1960. More Drakesbad history...

Last updated: October 30, 2020

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Mineral , CA 96063

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